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Vocal Conservatory


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From the technical teachers behind the Emmy®-winning and Grammy®-nominated Philadelphia Boys Choir and Philadelphia Girls Choir- The Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory is open to the public for voice instruction.  Our vocal instructors are adept at teaching all ages, genders, and levels of singers.

Weekly lessons can be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes and may cover a variety of repertoire, from opera to art song to musical theater and from the classical to the modern era. Faculty guide each student through an individualized curriculum designed to develop musical, vocal technical and performance skills. PVC also provides performance opportunities, including recitals and masterclasses.


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To arrange lessons with any of our teachers, email Michael Ashby at mashby@pbgcsings.org.


Michael Ashby, Director of the Vocal Conservatory, Director of Summer Camps, & Voice Teacher

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby earned his Master of Operatic Performance from New Jersey City University and his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Indiana State University.  In addition to our vocal conservatory, he maintains a voice studio at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  Michael serves as the vocal technical teacher for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and Philadelphia Girls Choir.

For many years he has directed opera, musical theater and choir camp programs.  His previous camps were directed at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and for Philadelphia International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

Michael works with and owes his continued singing and teaching to his teacher, David L. Jones of New York.


Elisabeth Pirolli, Voice & Piano Teacher

Elisabeth Pirolli

Elisabeth Pirolli is a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in Vocal Music Education. She teaches private piano and voice lessons at Resonance School of Music as well as the Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory and is the Music Director at Holy Angels Parish in New Jersey. She has a great deal of experience as a church musician at several Catholic churches in the Southern New Jersey area. She also has experience teaching private lessons, workshops, classes, and leading rehearsals. Elisabeth has studied voice with Karen Huffstodt, Lauren Athey-Janka, and Melissa Daniels-McCann. She has also studied piano with Ellen Youssefian, Arlene Ezekiel, and Lydia Boguslavsky.  Elisabeth started piano lessons at the age of 8 and has loved music ever since. She truly enjoys sharing her love for and knowledge of music with others.


Mary Bond, Voice Teacher

Mary Bond

Mary Bond is thrilled to be joining the incredible team at the Vocal Conservatory. Mary earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where she had the opportunity to serve in educational roles in the Cincinnati Boychoir, Madisonville Youth Chorus, and Cincinnati Youth Choir. Mary is entering her second year in the Choral Conducting Master’s program at Temple University and serves at the Conducting Apprentice for the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.

Previously, Mary directed a high school choir program in the Metro Nashville Public Schools district in Tennessee. She also serves as the Junior Faculty Coordinator for the Poco a Poco Young Artist Training Program. 


Brady Ketelsen, Voice Teacher

Brady Ketelsen

Brady Ketelsen is a recent graduate from Temple University and just earned his Master’s of Music degree in Choral Conducting. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, he spent six years teaching choral music at Rapid City Central High School in South Dakota as part of one of the most ambitious and artistically excellent performing arts faculties in the state. While there, he taught the joy of choral music to students who had never sung or read music before as well as accomplished singers. In collaboration with his colleagues in music and drama, Brady put on a wide range of fantastic shows from classical works for chorus and orchestra and large scale musical theater productions to intimate jazz nights and cabarets. As a performer, Brady has sung on stage with community theater productions like Avenue Q and 9 to 5, and in the orchestra pit, he has played flute, clarinet, and saxophone for shows such as The Producers, Brigadoon, and Man of la Mancha. Brady is thrilled to be making fantastic choral music in the communities of Philadelphia. 


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To arrange lessons with any of our teachers or if you are interested in BECOMING one of our teachers, email Michael Ashby at mashby@pbgcsings.org.


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